Series: Kate Daniels #4
Published by Ace on May 25, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose.
Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years - and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family.
MAGIC BLEEDS is the fourth book in the Kate Daniels series. I’ve been binge reading this series, and each book is better than the last, which is rare in a series. Kate Daniels has a spot on my favorite kickbutt characters list. She’s just plain awesome.
MAGIC BLEEDS digs deeper into Kate’s background than previous books have. Kate’s case starts out as a typical Order investigation — as typical as something involving magic, death, and deadly diseases can be. Which, of course, is pretty typical in the author’s version of Atlanta, where magic and tech alternately rule supreme. But the case becomes something more when she finds out the true identity of the Steel Mary who’s been infecting corpses with diseases like syphilis and cholera.
As with the other books in this series, I enjoyed the lore of the bad guy, which was inspired by Babylonian mythology. I never know what’s going to come next, or how Kate will save the day, which is something I love. It’s never fun when books are too predictable. I was scared for Kate and Curran and Atlanta, because there were some nail-biting action scenes where it looked like the end was about to come.
Kate and Curran’s relationship takes a huge step forward in MAGIC BLEEDS. I’m usually picky on romances, but I like the way the author’s developed theirs over the course of the series. I thought what happened between Kate and Curran was realistic, which is really important for me with romances. They act as they’ve been characterized — they don’t change personalities as things heat up or cool down.
I also liked getting to see more of Pack politics. How well do wolves, rats, cats, hyenas, and other shapeshifters get along? Not very well. The Pack, its structure, and politics are just one more thing I enjoy about this series. I like how the author’s given each clan a distinct personality and place in the hierarchy, because I love seeing Kate come in and totally ignore everything.
MAGIC BLEEDS is full of everything I like about the Kate Daniels series: inventive magic, a scary world, well-developed characters, creative use of mythology and supernatural creatures, and too many other things to name.
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